By Jason Jones

12th Jun, 2020 | 5:12pm

'No fire sale' - Derek McInnes insists reported Rangers target Ferguson will not be sold cheap

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has insisted that reported Rangers target Lewis Ferguson will not be leaving Pittodrie on the cheap this summer. 

The Scottish Sun suggested last month that the 20-year-old has emerged as a summer transfer target for the Gers.

But the starlet only signed a contract extension with the Dons last year, with his deal now running until at least 2024.

And McInnes has no intention of letting any of his prized assets go for anything less than a hefty fee this summer.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “Every player has a price — we understand that.

“Despite the difficulties every club will be having, some will be better equipped to deal with this than others. And there will be clubs south of the border actively trying to put squads together who will see Scotland as a place to try and strengthen.

“In Scott [McKenna], Lewis, and Sam [Cosgrove], we have three very good players in terms of the value they add to the club. But the chairman has been pretty adamant in saying there will be no fire sale here.

“No one will leave for a fee below their market value.”

What does this mean for Rangers?

It’s probably not good news, truth be told.

The fact that Ferguson only signed that long term contract last year would suggest that the Gers are going to have to cough up a serious amount of money to lure him away from the Dons this summer, with his current employers under absolutely no obligation to sell.

Equally, the midfielder’s uncle, Barry Ferguson, has made it very clear that any club looking to snap up the youngster will have to pay “top dollar” in the coming weeks.

With the Gers, like most clubs, facing financial uncertainty at the moment, it could be a stretch for them to get any kind of deal over the line in the near future.

In other Rangers news, Report – Gers to play Europa Leg second leg v Bayer Leverkusen at neutral venue.